Jakarta, Indonesia: Collision focuses attention on slow progress to upgrade crossings

2 Dec

The November 28th, 2015 collision of a passenger train and a municipally operated bus has generated extensive media coverage and calls for grade separation at the road-rail interface.

Media reports said that no one was injured in the collision. However, the collision has focused attention on a perceived lack of urgency on the part of Jakarta City Council

In the eyes of the railway the obligation on the City is clearly stated in law (Law 23/2007), in which regional authorities, in this case the City of Jakarta, were made responsible for eliminating level crossings by way of grade separation.

The collision has also been linked in the media to the 2013 level crossing collision in which a passenger train collided with a gasoline tanker killing five and injuring 91 others, nine of whom were treated for burns.

Jakarta has 342 official level crossings and 197 known unofficial crossings with a very limited programme, in part due to the bureaucracy associated with developing projects to the point that construction can begin.

 

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